Anakin rolled over on his side, unable to sleep this particular night. His thoughts were jumbled and his mind was running a mile a minute. It was as if his mind wouldn't allow him to sleep, to remind him that he was still here, that he was still alive. At that thought, he glanced over where his wife slept. He smiled softly as he gazed at her, amazed at her beauty, and calmed by her peacefulness. One look at her and every disturbing thought, everything that troubled him just melted away and everything was simple again.

I could stay awake just to hear you breathing
Watch you smile while you are sleeping
While you're far away and dreaming
I could spend my life in this sweet surrender
I could stay lost in this moment forever
Well, every moment spent with you
Is a moment I treasure.

He loved her. He loved her more than anything in the world, next to Luke and Leia of course. They were getting so big and had had their first birthday the week before. It was hard to believe that so much time had passed since his life had changed forever. Life was a gift and he had every reason to believe that. And to think that today had been the first anniversary of his execution day. But here he was, lying next to his angel.

I don't wanna close my eyes
I don't wanna fall asleep
'Cause I'd miss you, baby
And I don't wanna miss a thing
'Cause even when I dream of you
The sweetest dream would never do
I'd still miss you, baby
And I don't wanna miss a thing

He had been a horrible person. His life had had only two purposes: to kill and destroy. He hadn't realized how empty his life was until Padme came back into his life. He could still remember the stab of pain through his heart when Palpatine had ordered the deaths of all disloyal Senators, knowing instantly that that meant Padme would be killed. That moment, perhaps, was the beginning of the end for Darth Vader. It sparked the rebirth of Anakin Skywalker and now, there was no where in the universe he would rather be.

Lying close to you
Feeling your heart beating
And I'm wondering what you're dreaming
Wondering if it's me you're seeing
Then I kiss your eyes and thank God we're together
And I just wanna stay with you
In this moment forever, forever and ever

She had brought so much disruption to his life. His entire world was turned upside down the moment he found her again, and she hadn't even realized it. Or maybe she had. She still claimed that every time he looked at her, something changed in his eyes. There was no doubt that was true. Every time he looked at her, he melted and found his reason for being in her deep, soulful eyes.

I don't wanna close my eyes
I don't wanna fall asleep
'Cause I'd miss you, baby
And I don't wanna miss a thing
'Cause even when I dream of you
The sweetest dream would never do
I'd still miss you, baby
And I don't wanna miss a thing

He smiled softly again when he thought of Luke and Leia. They had said their first words not too long ago. They were growing up so fast and it was hard to believe that just a year ago, they were tiny newborns. Now they were walking and giving their parents hell, but that was the best part. He loved being a father and he loved being a husband. He shook his head lightly in disbelief at his good fortune and pulled Padme a little closer to him.

I don't wanna miss one kiss
Well, I just wanna be with you
Right here with you, just like this
I just wanna hold you close
Feel your heart so close to mine
And just stay here in this moment
For all the rest of time

He should be dead. He was supposed to be dead a year ago that day. But by some gracious act, Obi-Wan had seen that there was still good in him, just as Padme had. Obi-Wan had broken him out of prison and reunited him with his family when he had lost all hope of ever seeing them again. On the night he was freed, he vowed that he would take advantage of his second chance at life and make the best of it. He took every moment he could to spend time with Luke and Leia when he wasn't working in the shop in the nearby city. After work, he nights were filled with playtime with his two rambunctious children. Padme usually watched, knowing that their time would come after the children were put to sleep. Life was good. In fact, it couldn't be any better. His family was happy and safe and that was all that mattered to him.

Don't wanna close my eyes
Don't wanna fall asleep
'Cause I'd miss you, baby
And I don't wanna miss a thing
'Cause even when I dream of you
The sweetest dream would never do
'Cause I'd still miss you, baby
And I don't wanna miss a thing

Still lost in his thoughts, he failed to notice Padme stirring in his arms.


He looked down at his wife's sleepy face and smiled brightly.


"Have you been sleeping at all tonight?"

"No, just thinking."

She laughed softly and stroked his cheek playfully.

"What were you thinking about?"

"Us…Luke and Leia."

"Oh, I see."

"You know what today is right?"

Padme's eyes shined directly back at him as she answered: "Yes I do. I thought of it this morning after you left for work actually."

He smiled and nodded in her hair. "I figured as much. You remember everything."

"Hey!" She replied, hitting him playfully on the arm. "What's that supposed to mean?"

"Whatever you want it too." He replied slyly.

She could only laugh and snuggled closer to him as he wrapped his arms more tightly around her.

"I love it here." She sighed.

"I know what you mean. Everything seems so peaceful here. Na'par is probably one of the smallest towns in the galaxy. I can't believe Obi-Wan managed to find this place."

"Yeah, but it's peaceful and safe. That's all that really matters, right?"


He leaned forward and met her lips in a gentle kiss. Just as they were about to turn things a little more passionate, they heard twin cries from the next room.

Anakin laughed lightly. "Perfect timing, huh?"

Padme laughed in return and was about to get out of bed when Anakin stopped her.

"I'll go. You should rest."

Before she could protest, he slid out of bed and carefully tucked her back in before placing a tender kiss on her forehead.

He walked briskly to the twins' room and leaned down into their cribs.

"Hey guys. What's the matter?"

He picked Luke up and rocked him gently. "It's alright, Luke. You gotta go back to sleep so you're all rested. That way, we can play all tomorrow night no matter what Mommy says."

Luke reached up and grabbed a fistful of Anakin's hair. "Dadda."

"Owwww….yeah…you just hurt Dadda…that's not very nice, Luke. Remind me to teach you some manners."

Anakin smiled in spite of the fact that his scalp still throbbed and sat in the rocking chair next to his children's cribs. He rocked Luke gently, stroking his head, and placing a kiss every so often on his son's head. In a short time, Luke was sleeping soundly and as Anakin turned to glance at Leia, he noticed that she had already fallen asleep. He smiled and carefully placed a sleeping Luke back in his crib. Then he crept out of the room and returned to his waiting wife.

"Wow, that was fast." Padme admonished as Anakin slid back into bed.

"I guess I just have the magic touch." Anakin said triumphantly.

Padme laughed and leaned over to give him a quick kiss. "You're their father. I think you're the only one who can get them back to sleep so fast."

"I just do the best I can, Padme."

She smiled and drew him closer to her. "Yes, you do Anakin. You're a wonderful father. You're a wonderful husband."

She looked down at him and they seemed to collide in a fiery kiss. Their passion seemed to light up the room and their love filled the room with a warm glow. No words were needed for the love between them. No one could love her the way he did. And no one could love him like she did, for she had loved him even when he was a Sith.


"I Don't Want to Miss a Thing"-Aerosmith

Author's Note: Well guys, that's it. I hope you've enjoyed reading this just as much as I've enjoyed writing this and reading your reviews. Thanks again to everyone that's stuck around for this whole story. It really means a lot. I hope the epilogue was what you had been waiting for! I did my best to wrap everything up and answer any unanswered questions you might have. That's it. Thanks again!